Still made in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire England using original manufacturing methods, Globe-Trotter luggage has over the years built a cult following among well heeled travelers the world over. The process of making these incredible instruments of exploration has largely remained the same for over a hundred years — something not too many luggage makers can boast (though there are still a handful who can).
The company recently released a video highlighting the making of its iconic cases. More on that construction process from the Globe-Trotter craftsmanship page:
Each case is uniquely constructed from vulcanised fibreboard; a special material invented in Britain during the 1850’s consisting of multiple layers of bonded paper. Handles are produced by the leather team who also form the iconic Globe-Trotter corners over a period of 5-days on antique Victorian presses.
Globe-Trotter has a rich and celebrated history as the maker of some of the finest suitcases ever invented. At a certain point they even added handles and wheels — blasphemy to some, salvation to others. The photo gallery under the heritage section of the Globe-Trotter site features some fantastic images of Globe-Trotter cases used throughout the years. The pictures are so amazing to me, I couldn’t resist posting them. Most companies would kill for this type of legacy. Inspiring to see from this video that the company is still producing cases in England using the same construction methods and exacting standards of quality. [Globe-Trotter]